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Whatever your opinion of TweetDeck, it's hard not to sympathize with those about to lose a loved one on May 7, when Twitter effectively slays the mobile versions of its TweetDeck apps. We had a similar situation when Echofon made the decision to axe its Mac client last year, prompting us to switch entirely to Tweetbot for a harmoniously synced iOS/OS X solution. What will you be using to replace TweetDeck mobile?
Those of us at a certain age tend to associate electronics retailer RadioShack with overpriced cables and Tandy-branded hardware of questionable quality, but the chain has gotten more hip in recent years. MacRumors is reporting that the product mix now includes Apple-branded Mac accessories such as the Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, which can be ordered online or purchased in any of the company's more than 7,000 brick-and-mortar locations. Of course, RadioShack is no stranger to Apple products, having added the iPod back in 2005 and followed it up with the iPhone and iPad in 2010.
Ever wonder what happens to those sweet nothings you speak to Siri? Wired decided to find out after privacy advocates began raising questions about what Apple could potentially do with all of that data -- and more importantly, how long Siri's memory actually is. According to Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller, Siri data is anonymized, and the company only keeps it around for up to two years. “If a user turns Siri off, both identifiers are deleted immediately along with any associated data," Muller elaborated, referring to the "random numbers" used to identify you to Siri, which do not include your Apple ID or email address. After six months, the voice recordings are decoupled from your number, but the unattached files might be kept as long as 18 more months, where they could be used for "testing and product improvement purposes." Privacy advocates think these details should be spelled out more clearly, but at least now you know.
Microblogging behemoth Twitter already announced back in March that it would be killing all mobile flavors of TweetDeck, and now the execution has a solid date: May 7. In a brief update Friday on its Posterous blog, the company elaborated that "TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone will be removed from their respective app stores and will stop functioning on May 7," which is also the same day those apps' Facebook integration will meet its maker, so to speak. The company claims TweetDeck is more popular on the desktop, while mobile users prefer the official Twitter app, so the company is making the move in an effort to "double down" on killing off platforms that it sees as not worth the trouble.
Infographics! We love 'em, and so do the folks at MacPhun, who created one to demonstrate how last week's FX Photo Studio for iPhone promotion went down. After making the app free for 24 hours, the developer racked up 288,522 new downloads worldwide (116,494 of those in North America), which helped the title shoot up to number six in the overall App Store rankings for the U.S. -- trailed only by the likes of Twitter's Vine and Music apps, and the free Yahoo! Weather. The promotion had little effect on the people of Mail, where the app barely squeaked out 104th place in the photo category, but managed to rank in the top five in more than 85 other countries.
Just how badly do people want an iWatch from Apple? Apparently, just as badly as they wanted the iPad before it officially existed. MacRumors is reporting that a new survey from ChangeWave reveals consumer interest in a so-called "iWatch" matches that of the iPad prior to the tablet actually being launched in 2010, with 19 percent of those asked "very" or "somewhat" likely to buy one. That's nearly identical to the results of a January 2010 survey for the iPad, which found four percent "very likely" and 14 percent "somewhat likely" to buy, for a combined total of 18 percent. Does that mean more people are stoked for an iWatch? Time will tell...
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